Post # 5- Stereotyping

In today’s society we are all stigmatized/ stereotyped one way or another, wether our stigmas are discredited or discreditable. A person can be stigmatized for being too chubby or too skinny, for the way they dress, or the way you look in general, but we do whatever it takes in order to meets society’s standards of “perfect” . For example people who are too skinny are seen as bulimic or anorexic, they are told that they have nothing and that they look like a stick, that they should eat a hamburger to gain weight,  without them having those problems, yet people are quick to judge instead of trying to find out if there is more to that like being naturally skinny or having hyperthyroidism (thyroids that make you skinny) and that no matter how much you eat you do not gain weight.  These people who are stereotyped as being to skinny try to overcome this by getting implants, by injecting hormones to look a little thicker, in order for people to stop making fun of them.

On the other hand there are those who are overweight who get called names, stop eating and become sick, in order to become skinny just to please society. These people also go to the extremes of liposuction or tummy tucks, without realizing that they can die in the operating table. They do this because is an easier way and faster than to diet and exercise even though its more expensive. Yes being a little heavy can cause health problems, but if you eat right and exercise then there shouldn’t be any issues with your health, it’s all about knowing how to control yourself. There are also those people who are made fun of because they do not know how to dress, or they buy inexpensive stuff in order to save money. They try to get what they can with what they have and pay bills. Some people in order to meet society’s standards tend to spend their rent money or their money for bills in a bag or shoes in order to fit in with the rest of the crowd. 

Media plays a big role in the stigmas because they only show these “perfect” bodies, people with the best shoes, clothes and bags, and we want to look like them and have the things that they have. For example girls who are on the heavier side they want to be like Victorias Secret models, and girls on the skinnier side want to look like these celebrities such as the ones we see in hollywood in these reality shows. Whether you are skinny or a little heavy, society will never be pleased. They will always have something to say and a fault to bring out, so what we need to do is just to be happy with the way we are, work on our self-steem so that when people come at us telling us that we are this or the other, we know better and not allow them to get to us. If we are happy with the way we are and how we look, we wont care about what anyone else thinks about us as long as we appreciate ourselves and care about ourselves. 

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3 responses to “Post # 5- Stereotyping

  1. This is so true. media plays the biggest roles on young women self esteem. sadly a lot of young girls don’t realize that these models starve themselves. some aren’t even as skinny as they appear to be. a lot of them get their perfect body from photo shop which has been around for ages and people are now starting to shine a light on it.

  2. I totally agree with this post, I do believe that media plays a big role in society in todays generation. Everyone wants whats up to date with celebrities, having iPhones, expensive designer handbags and clothing and excercising and killing their body for “the perfect size”. I happen to be underweight and people judge me and automatically think that I do not eat, whereas I ate more than a average person but because of my metabolism I happen to be skinny, so when people happen to start judging me, i find it very unfair and I really believe society needs to upgrade with their attitude towards others and others beliefs and religion as well.

  3. I agree with you, some will go overboard to look the way society thinks as “perfection.” But I think mostly it doesn’t even have to be related to what society generally says, some are definitely effected from their close peers. I also happen to be one of those people that hardly gain weight no matter how much junk I eat, however gladly I was never effected by comments from people telling me to eat more or to drink milk. I think these days people are changing the way speak on media about their looks. For instance, Jennifer Lawrence, a renown actress, is confident to blurt out that she’s having Mcdonalds or can care less when society says even her body shape is not considered “ideal.”

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